contextual meaning

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The bearing of situational, social, and/or interpersonal factors on the interpretation of a message or an action. In linguistic usage, this usually refers to extralinguistic factors (see also context of situation), but it can also refer to a textual context: a higher level of linguistic structure (e.g. the context of a sentence within a discourse). Many contemporary theorists argue that there is no meaning without context (see contextualism). See also high-context.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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